I have recently noticed that my Betta is being pretty lethargic and having trouble floating (lays a bit on side at bottom) and squeezes next to filter in a vertical fashion. I had a lot of problems with a swelling side earlier and because he was starting to seem in pain drained it with a syringe (he was great for a week or so after that even jumping for food).
The one aspect that has occurred with this new lethargy is slightly raised scales (you have to look hard to see them as not very apparent). I am pretty sure its dropsy or some sort of internal infection. To treat presently, I have been treating with both Kanaplex in his 5g tank, Epsom salt (6 tsp for the tank), an Indian Almond Leaf as well as made him a custom food mix. The food is mashed up tiny pellets mixed with focus, tank water, and Kanaplex. Surprisingly he loves the stuff and greedly gobbles it up. I don't think it should go bad left out as its just mushed up food and meds right?
Anyway, I wanted to see as its early on with the disease if I cant maybe cure it. Although, I am aware its pretty fatal I want to try and keep it under control as I feel it reduces his pain that way. I feel like if hes got fight left in him we ought to give him the chance and not euthanize . He does still jump for food at times and exhibits short bursts of energy. Any advice?
Please see pictures after surgery was two days after draining (bump shown) and presently is today (laying on side).
Here are some more Parameters:
What size is your tank? 5 Gallon Hex
What temperature is your tank? 83ish Consistent
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, Carbon Based / Bio filter
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No but the filter does mix it up pretty well
Is your tank heated? Yes, 83ish degrees.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Hes a loner lol.
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Presently small fish new life spectrum mixed with meds or freeze dried daphnia.
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice daily small amounts.
How often do you perform a water change? Every 5-6 days
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? Roughly 70-80 percent.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Epsom Salt (recent), API Stress Coat Plus.
Have you tested your water? Yes (pre water change btw)
If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Seems a little lighter in color and has slight sticking out fins. Also, although the puncture removed all but one small bump the side seems to be getting slightly larger again.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
Seems to be more lethargic and trouble staying higher in water. Seems to like to stay vertical a lot and cram next to filter near water top. Also lays around a lot more. Still jumps at times for food though:)
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Bout 3 days ago now. The initial side swelling was like 2 months ago. The laying around and slight pine coning / sticking up scales was withing the last few days.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Yes please see top content section for info.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
Had the swollen side that I drew liquid clear yellow out of a week or so ago. Seemed to be struggling on and off with pinhole fin rot at times.
How old is your fish (approximately)? Probably around 2 - 2 1/2.